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Paulo Dybala – simply unplayable

Wednesday 20th September 2017
Paulo Dybala – the man, the myth, the future legend! Boy, he's really unplayable. Day by day, the diminutive Argentine is becoming to the Serie A what Lionel Messi is to La Liga. Still in his early twenties, the world at his feet, it's about time we acknowledge one of toughest opponents a footballer could ever face.
It would, however, be considered cliché to refer to Paulo Dybala as a player for the future; although he's only 23, Dybala has consistently been lighting up the Serie A stage and taking the football world by storm for the past three years. He didn't cost Juventus an arm and a leg when they got him from Palermo in the summer of 2015, but if he were to leave Turin today, a transfer record would surely be broken.

Not the tallest or most muscular of players, Dybala cuts the figure of a player who wouldn't make much of an impression on a football match. In contrast, he turns out quite the opposite every other game. A highly-gifted attacking midfield lynchpin, I take a look at what makes Paulo Dybala an almost unplayable opponent.

His goal scoring prowess

While some strikers are still struggling to get off the mark this term, Paulo Dybala has already reached double figures in goals in only six appearances this season. It goes to show the remarkable eye for goal possessed by the pint-sized midfielder.


Without a doubt, Paulo Dybala has, quite drastically, improved a side of his game that was a little lacking before; he's becoming a dreaded goal-poacher, either from outside or inside the box. Eight goals in four Serie A games to start the season, Dybala is casting a shadow on  Juve's talismanic striker, Gonzalo Higuain; who has only scored a quarter of Dybala's figure.

Dybala reminds you of incredible goalscoring midfielders like Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. The young Argentine has already plundered his 50th goal for the Old Lady in a century of appearances spanning two years.

His creativity

Can an attacking midfielder be labelled ‘superb' without the ability to manufacture goalscoring chances as well as provide assists for others? Aside from being a predatory attacker with a pleasant inability to fluff his lines, Dybala assumes the role of midfield creator on many occasions. Andrea Pirlo held this tag during his time with the Turin giants, however, Paulo Dybala came in to take more than just Pirlo's shirt number (21) but the mantle of creativity as well.

His ability to play on either side of the attack makes it possible for him to whip in deadly crosses and through balls for other players to capitalise. On numerous occasions, his pace and incisive passing have carved out holes in defences even against the most compact of teams.

His delectable skill

Juve's number 10 is so difficult to play against due to his impressive technique and skill. It's led to the comparison between him and fellow Argentine, Lionel Messi. Albeit, while Messi might still reign supreme, Dybala's incredible skill on the ball pits him among the best dribblers in the game. He showed this in the Old Lady's latest Serie A fixture at Sassuolo where he tormented his host with his brilliant footwork and bagged his second hat-trick in a Juve shirt. That wicked left foot of his has already fired in 49 of his 52 goals for Juve.

We can only expect more from a player who will rule the football world from the pitch for the next decade or more.
Kingsley Ukpai

Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.

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